|Barked: Thu Dec 15, '11 4:40pm PST |
|Bunny, I definitely would not feel safe with a small dog in the areas I hike. And that's really the biggie for me. Off leash is for when he go on hikes. I have seen coyotes and birds big enough to take on my 2 lol. I know my anxiety would be through the roof with a small dog, especially a chi-sized one lol.
I love Sanka to death, but dealing with a long line is such a pain. So much that I even go on hikes without him just to really enjoy myself.
I have always been drawn to the herding breeds, but I'm also in love with mystery mutts too. In fact, all my experience with the herding breeds have been really pleasant in terms of off leash capability. And once I experienced that with Kato, I never looked back.
I do know of an Australian cattle dog rescue up north a bit. They take in mutts that look like ACD and even have some collie mixes too. They've always caught my eye.
But for the time being, since I'm not actively searching for another dog (2 is my max!), I kind of just want to really get my wants in order and to really look into how to go about finding that dog I really desire. And after thinking up my top 2...those stances I will not budge on, I realized that little conundrum with really knowing about the off leash thing.
I wasn't sure about the trial periods. How long would they give you? I'd be afraid to get a new dog and then let them have all that freedom on the first day or even the first week. I'd like to give it some time so I feel comfortable reading them and them learning to read me, getting used to things, etc.
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